Have you found a biological specimen that seems to be unusual?

We are currently seeking to analyze such samples (including genetically), and you will receive any results. Please offer your sample(s) using this form:


If you are interested in contributing to this study of allegedly morphologically anomalous samples (which could help us to test more samples and conduct deeper analyses), a tax-deductible gift to NC State University can be made here:


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Would you like to support serious intellectual and scientific examination of the strange? Science, Society, and the Strange is an NC State University gift fund that supports research, teaching, and engagement on topics regarding science, society, and the anomalous, the paranormal, or the yet unexplained. From undiscovered species to potential abilities of the mind to unexplained phenomena, your gift enables scientific and intellectual examination of taboo and fringe topics that are of common public interest and curiosity, yet remain largely unexplored by scientists.

        You may make a tax-deductible contribution to NC State University for that purpose here: (select "Science, Society, and the Strange") 

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Darby Orcutt's Faculty Affiliations:

Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries

Faculty, University Honors Program, University College, NC State University

Faculty, Science, Technology & Society Program, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, NC State University

Organizing Faculty, AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Society Group, NC State University  

Affiliate Faculty, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, NC State University

Affiliate Faculty, Leadership in Public Science Cluster, NC State University

Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice, School of Information & Library Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A first generation college graduate on faculty at North Carolina State University, Darby Orcutt never stopped being curious about the world. A librarian, instructor, and researcher, his expertise at the intersection of science and culture is both intellectual and applied, as he teaches and writes about science and society while also building collaborative scientific teams to tackle complex problems and fostering conversation between researchers and the broader public. 

Darby is best known for his work at the intersection of Science and the Strange.